Production Training for Young Filmmakers of Color supports women and non-binary filmmakers, and gives our emerging filmmakers of color paid on-the-job learning and shadowing opportunities. With support from donors like you, our PA Certification graduates have received stipends for 70+ hours on BIPOC-led film sets. Many of them have gone on to work full-time at major studios.
When emerging filmmakers of color from low-income communities cannot find paid industry work, it affects them and their families who rely on them for financial support. In the case of our participants who experience gender-based violence (30%), underemployment can increase physical and mental harm, as many individuals in abusive relationships stay due to a lack of economic independence. A job pipeline for these emerging filmmakers is crucial in building power and resiliency in our communities.
The PA Training Certification Program helps students perfect their skills and land additional fellowship and jobs by providing a paid opportunity and mentorship. We pair students with industry professionals from the same communities we serve, who are eager to share their knowledge and passion. These professionals are experts in their field, serving as role models and bridges into the industry.
In the next year, the Justice for My Sister (JFMS) Production Assistant (PA) Training Certification Program will provide 30 low-income emerging filmmakers of color with 100 hours of skill development, job training, professional mentorships, and production experience. We will place our graduates in additional jobs and positions through our job placement pipeline, in partnership with major media corporations such as WarnerMedia, HBO, Netflix, Spotify, thus jumpstarting our participants' careers.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).